Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response Team


Wikborg Rein’s Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response Team is comprised of partners and assistants with extensive experience in the practical and legal issues associated with casualties and other maritime emergencies. The team assists insurers, owners and operators in connection with a wide range of incidents including collisions, groundings, capsizings, fires, allisions and pollution throughout the globe and particularly in Europe, Asia and Africa.

With lawyers located in Europe and Asia, team members can be on site at very short notice. The team benefits from a network of local lawyers and technical consultants.

The Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response Team is led by Morten Lund Mathisen and is regularly instructed in high-profile cases. In recent years members of the team have handled numerous casualties, including:

  • Fair Afroditi Explosion, sale of oil tanker, Lomé, Togo
  • Troll Solution Punch through of jack-up rig; fatalities, wreck removal, Gulf of Mexico
  • Sorrento Fire on ro-ro passenger vessel, CTL, cargo damage, off Mallorca
  • Goodfaith Grounding of bulk carrier; wreck removal, Andros, Greece
  • FPSO Cidade de Sao Mateus Explosion, fatalities, salvage, Espirito Santo Basin, Brazil
  • USNS Sgt Matej Kocak Grounding and salvage off Okinawa, Japan
  • Sinar Capuas c/w Alyarmouk Collision and pollution, Singapore Strait
  • Asian Empire Fire and salvage of car carrier, cargo damage, Pacific Ocean
  • Luno Wreck removal of grounded bulk carrier, Bayonne, France
  • Wan Hai 602 Exploded container under deck at Suez Canal
  • B-Elephant VLCC, alleged submarine cable damage at Alexandria, Egypt 
  • Chamarel Wreck removal of grounded cable laying vessel, Namibia
  • Gelso M Wreck removal of grounded chemical tanker, Italy
  • Bareli Container ship grounding off Fuqing, China; oil pollution, wreck removal and cargo damage
  • Rena Container ship grounding off New Zealand; wreck removal
  • B Oceania Collision and sinking of bulk carrier in Malacca Strait; wreck removal
  • Nordlys Coastal express steamer taking water at Ålesund, Norway; salvage
  • Godafoss Container ship grounding at Hvaler, Norway; oil pollution, salvage and cargo damage
  • Jupiter 1 Semisubmersible accommodation platform capsizing off Mexico; wreck removal  
  • Far Grimshader Collision with semi-sub "Songa Dee" in the North Sea
  • West Atlas Jack-up rig fire, damaged following blow out off Australia; wreck removal
  • Full City General cargo vessel grounding off Langesund, Norway: salvage, oil pollution and prosecution of crew members
  • Crete Cement Cement carrier grounded in the Oslo fjord, Norway; oil pollution and wreck removal
  • Bourbon Dolphin Anchor handling tug supply vessel capsizing off Shetland; sinking, total loss and casualties
  • Cembay Cement carrier grounding off Carmen, Mexico; oil pollution, salvage and cargo damage
  • Tzini Bulk carrier grounding near Su-ao, Taiwan; pollution and salvage
  • Big Orange XVII Oil stimulation vessel colliding with platform in the North Sea
  • Repubblica di Genova Laden ro-ro/container ship capsizing in the port of Antwerp, Belgium; re-floating and cargo claims
  • Server Bulk carrier grounding off Bergen, Norway; oil pollution and wreck removal
  • Fjord Champion Oil tanker grounding off Søgne, Norway; fire and salvage
  • Hyundai No. 105 Laden car carrier colliding with the VLCC “Kaminesan” in the Singapore Strait; sinking, wreck removal and cargo claims
  • Rocknes Laden bulk carrier grounding and capsizing off Bergen, Norway; oil pollution, sinking, re-floating and casualties
  • Panam Serena Chemical tanker exploding and catching fire in the port of Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy; total loss and casualties
  • Vans Princess Laden ro-ro vessel grounding off Tartous, Syria; total loss, oil pollution and cargo claims
  • Tricolor Laden car carrier colliding with the container ship “Kariba” in the English Channel; sinking, oil pollution, wreck removal and cargo claims
  • Hual Europe Laden car carrier grounding off Tokyo Bay, Japan; fire, oil pollution, wreck removal and cargo claims
  • Amorgos Bulk carrier grounding off Taiwan; sinking and oil pollution
  • Kodima Laden bulk carrier grounding off Cornwall, UK; salvage, clean up and cargo claims
  • Norwegian Dream Cruise ship colliding with the container ship "Ever Decent” in the English Channel; fire, salvage, personal injury and cargo claims
  • Sun Vista Cruise vessel catching fire and sinking in the Malacca Strait; total loss
  • Clipper Kawa Bulk carrier grounding in creeks inside Kandla, India; total loss, crew injury and sale of wreck.

Key people: Morten Lund Mathisen